Bite into a Sweet Onion

May 18, 2009 | By | Comments (4)

Onions 004 This past weekend, my husband was telling me about a man he used to work with who often brought an onion with his lunch and just bit into it like it was an apple. My husband proclaimed that "there was no way he would ever do that!"   I feel pretty certain that the lunch box onion was a Vidalia, and if it was, I can understand the urge to just take a bite.

Vidalias are really sweet, mild onions that are grown in specific counties in the southeast part of Georgia. They say that it's the sandy, low-sulfur soil  that contributes to this amazing flavor. They're in season starting in late spring and throughout the summer.

I try not to buy any other kind of onions as I love the flavor of these so much.  I don't usually just bite into one, but I'm thinking that I will.  I like put a slice on a big juicy hamburger, and sometimes I just forget the burger and grill the onions.  When you use Vidalias for caramelized onions, you get double the sweetness and they are simply divine.  Another great way to use Vidalias is in an onion dip.   If you think this sounds strange, let me just tell you that after you take one bite of this dip, you'll be off to the store to buy a whole bag of Vidalias. Once you have a whole bag, you'll also want to make an onion pie. Really.

Now don't get just any sweet onions.  You need Vidalias.  As the saying goes,  "If it's not from Georgia, it's not a Vidalia. Trust the original sweet Onion."  Each onion will have a little sticker that says it's a Vidalia.

I do have a whole bag of onions now, so let me know if you have any favorite onion recipes I need to try. 

COMMENTS

  1. Cate O’Malley

    One of my favorite recipes with onions is a Grilled Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese pizza – soooo good.

    May 18, 2009 at 1:51 pm
  2. Amanda Storey

    Great minds think alike! I invented a simple bruschetta using vidalias. It was supposed to be my appetizer but ended up as the main course!
    http://www.foodrevival.com/food/my-vidalia-onions-just-got-real-fancy

    May 27, 2009 at 9:42 am
  3. Jennifer

    My grandpa used to do that–just like an apple. Made us all wince. That said, while slicing onions, I snag bites all the time … which come to think of it, makes my husband wince.
    Jennifer

    May 27, 2009 at 10:12 am
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